Marie Birch, Co-Director/ Education Coordinator of Emmanuel Day School

My name is Marie Birch and I am thrilled and honored to be sharing the administrative duties this year with Mother Anita at Emmanuel Day School. I am a retired administrator and teacher who has been working in the field of education/youth development for over 29 years. It is my goal to work collaboratively with teachers, parents, staff, parishioners and the community to
continue cultivating a positive, fun, nurturing environment that supports and fosters growth in all areas of the children’s development. I am a certified Early Childhood Director and teacher. In addition, I am certified trainer for the RI Department of Education in the RI Early Learning Standards. As a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, I hold BS Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences Education with a concentration in Early Childhood. I recently served as the Director for St. David’s Preschool. I retired from the Cranston Public School System in 2014 where I taught Parenting and Early Childhood Education. In addition, I have served as State Director for a youth leadership association, held leadership roles in other youth and professional organizations as well as owned my own retail business. I reside in Cranston with my husband Bill and my two cats. We have one son and two beautiful grandsons who reside in Seattle.

Mother Anita, Co-Director of Emmanuel Day School

Mother Anita began her teaching career as a teenager in Lancaster, PA teaching music to disadvantaged children at summer camp. Ever since then she has relished her time in the classroom. For 13 years Mother Anita served as chaplain at The Episcopal Academy, PA where in addition to teaching K – 12 she coached varsity boys swimming and varsity boys water polo. She was initially attracted to Emmanuel by the Emmanuel Day School. EDS continues to be one of her favorite aspects of life at Emmanuel. She is trained as Godly Play instructor by the founder of Godly Play, Dr. Jerome Berryman. She looks forward to another great year at EDS and welcomes the opportunity to get to know new and returning students and their families. Mother Anita is married to Steve MacAusland, aka “Mr. Steve.” They have 4 children and 2 grandsons.


Carissa M. Perkowski – Consultant for Emmanuel Day School

A native of Litchfield, CT, Carissa Mancini Perkowski is thrilled to be the director/pre-k teacher of the Emmanuel Day School. She is a certified Early Childhood Educator with a Master’s of Education from Post University. As a graduate of Salve Regina University, with a BS in Early Childhood Education, she is honored to be teaching again in such a wonderful community. Prior to joining Emmanuel, Carissa was kindergarten teacher at Carver Elementary School in Carver, MA.  It is her goal to work collaboratively with teachers,parents and the staff and  congregation of Emmanuel Church to foster a learning environment that excites the imagination, inspires creativity and instills a lifelong passion for learning.  She lives with her husband and dog in Middletown. This year Miss Carissa and her husband are welcoming their first child! Miss Carissa will not be on campus for the 2017-2018 school year.

Kate Frantz- Teacher

Kate joined the EDS teaching staff in September of 2011. She has 14 years of experience working in a preschool setting and 18 years of volunteer experience working with young children through different organizations such as MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Girl Scouts, School Volunteer Reading Literacy Programs, and Christian Education at Portsmouth United Methodist Church where she co-chaired the department for 3 years. Kate has completed two levels of training for aligning curriculum with the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards through URI. She views her role in early childhood education as being a guide on an exciting journey of discovery in a setting where the child can touch and explore have all the senses enlivened with art and color, music and texture. The mission is play, and through play, the child develops thoughtfulness, intelligence, and self -confidence. Our play is intentional with the goal being to build a child up, and encourage the child to be the best person they can be!

– Jean Warren

Terri Traeger- Teaching Assistant

Terri Traeger has been with Emmanuel Day School for 14 years and in the education field for over 20 years. She is a native to Aquidneck Island and has been married for 25 years with three grown children. She continues to further her education by taking relative courses throughout the year. Her interest include photography, running, and spending time with her family at the beach. Terri feels blessed to aid in the molding of young minds.

Terri has been with Emmanuel Day School for ten years and enjoys working with young children. She is a native Newporter and a mother of three children. Terri feels blessed to aid in the learning foundation of young minds.

“We must see that every child has equal opportunity not to become equal, but to become different– to realize the unique potential he or she possesses.”

– John Fischer


Upcoming Events

4:00 pm Angel Choir @ Emmanuel Church
Angel Choir @ Emmanuel Church
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm – 4:40 pm
For our beginning Angel singers, ages 5-7.  The Angel Choir meets on the days when the adult choir meets.
6:30 pm Choir Practice
Choir Practice
Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us as we prepare the music for the Sunday service.  Don’t know how to sing?  We can fix that!!  Want to meet some really cool people?  We have friendships that will last forever!!  Don’t[...]

School Schedule

  • Monday-Friday8am-3:30pm